Mitsubishi GR HEV-05

Alongside the Mitsubishi Concept G4, MMC also unveiled the Mitsubishi GR-HEV Concept at Bangkok’s IMPACT. The Sport Utility Hybrid Truck that previews the next Triton made its world debut at the recent Geneva show, and is being shown for the first time in Asia.

The diesel-hybrid powertrain that’s under development combines a “high fuel efficiency clean diesel engine” with a high-output motor and battery. The CO2 emissions level target is below 149 g/km, which is very clean for a pick-up truck. The concept also features a next-gen 4WD system that combines the familiar Super Select 4WD with Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics integrated control system.

MMC says that the electric motor helps the diesel engine in a few areas – instant low end response, high-end torque, quieter acceleration/high-speed cruising and lower emissions.

The combo can also provide electric power on demand with available AC supply (100V to 240V), to replace a generator or to allow the use of a 100V winch for instance, as well as the ability to drive in pure-electric mode over short distances.

All very cool, but we’re guessing that the design previewed here will be reaching the production Triton pick-up truck sooner than the tech. Like what you see?